Mental Health & Addictions
The Champlain LHIN is working with providers across the region to integrate mental health and addictions services. The goals are to ensure:
- People receive better coordinated care across multiple providers.
- People will be able to find the services they need more easily, through centralized points of access.
- All providers use common screening and assessment tools so people receive more streamlined care across multiple services.
- Youth will be able to easily transition to adult services.
- A stronger partnership with primary care providers so they are equipped to connect their patients to the services they need.
Below are some of our key projects and initiatives:
Champlain LHIN Expands Opioid Addiction Treatment Services
Nov 2017 - The Champlain LHIN increased treatment services to meet the growing needs of people with addictions to opioids. A total of $1.7 million in ongoing funding is being invested in a number of health agencies across the Champlain region. Click here to learn more.
Coordinating Inpatient Mental Health and Addictions Services
The Champlain LHIN recently took an important step to continue improving access to hospital-based (inpatient) mental health and addictions services by commissioning a regional capacity plan.
The Champlain LHIN Inpatient Mental Health & Addictions Capacity Plan (Summary and Technical Report) was developed through a yearlong review and engagement process. As part of the Plan’s development, a Current State Report was created to document existing inpatient mental health and addictions services in the region.
In Sept 2017, the Champlain LHIN Board endorsed the Plan and its recommendations. These recommendations will be used as the foundation for the Champlain LHIN to develop a regional program to coordinate inpatient mental health and addictions services.
If you have questions about the regional program’s development, please contact Kevin Barclay (email@example.com, 613.747.3228 or toll-free 1.866.902.5446 x 3228).
Linking Primary Care with Mental Health and Addictions Resources
When caring for people who need mental health and addictions services, primary care providers in our region have identified two main issues: knowing what supports are available, and how to navigate the health system to find those resources.
To address these concerns, the LHIN developed a resource map, below, with input from the Champlain Primary Care Advisory Council. Part of the LHIN’s efforts to engage with primary care providers, the Council advises the LHIN on primary care strategies for health system improvements.
The LHIN will continue developing these pathways in its sub-regions.
This map identifies key access points that can connect you to care partners, but it is not an exhaustive list. More comprehensive resources are available through Champlain Healthline.
Regarding patient care: if s/he already has a connection to a care partner, you may connect directly with the care partner. As well, if you know which specific service s/he needs, you may refer your patient directly to that service.
For more information on mental health and addictions services, please contact Kevin Barclay (firstname.lastname@example.org, 613.747.3228 or toll-free 1.866.902.5446 x 3228).